Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the villages in India have declared themselves open defecation free.The prime minister made the announcement in the presence of over 20,000 village heads at an event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
PM Modi at Sabarmati credited ground-level volunteers who made Swachhta and toilets a common man’s topic. “This mission helped make the toilet, which was earlier a difficult topic, a common topic of discussion. From girls who demanded toilet before marriage to Bollywood, everyone contributed to make India open-defecation-free.”
They said that the feat of building toilets for such a large population of India within 60 months has left the world in awe and shock.
“The whole world is appreciating and awarding us (for) providing toilets to over 60 crore people in 60 months by building over 11 crore toilets. The world is amazed by this,” PM Modi said.
“The Swachh Bharat Mission enabled women and developed their skills as masons and created over 75 lakh employment opportunities,” he said.